Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has praised Patryk Klimala for the condition he is in at pre-season training, predicting to The Scottish Sun that he’ll be making an impact at the Scottish champions sooner rather than later.
Klimala was one of Neil Lennon’s signings during the January transfer window but due to the form of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard, as well as the curtailment of the season, he never really got the opportunity to show what he can do in the Hoops.
In total he made just one start, which came in a Scottish Cup clash away to lower league side Clyde.
The upcoming season is a massive one for him in terms of proving himself at Celtic.
Thankfully he’s taken the break from action seriously and, according to McGregor, returned in peak condition.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the midfielder said of his teammate: “Getting back in these last few weeks is a fresh start, especially for someone like him.
“He’s going to get a good pre-season and get some minutes under his belt. I’m sure it won’t be long before he is showing us what he can do and playing a real part in the squad.
“He’s obviously been working hard on the physical side and he’s returned looking really strong. The good thing is he’s still looked really quick in training.
“It’s important not to lose that half-a-yard of pace when you are starting to bulk up a bit. But he looks in top condition and raring to go.”
Settling into Celtic is always going to be a process that requires patience when it comes to foreign players.
That’s especially true when they are at a young age like 21-year-old Klimala.
The public health situation this year must have made that even harder for the January recruit.
It’s fair to say McGregor thinks the best of the Polish youth international is yet to come and having seen him recently in training, who’s to argue with that?
Edouard and Griffiths will no doubt start the season as main men in Lennon’s two-man attack but with Klimala getting used to life at the club and Vakoun Bayo still waiting in the wings, they have competition for their places.
That can only be a good thing for the team.